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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry continued to fret over not receiving enough letters and proposed to write only after he had received one from Effie. He urged her to visit his family to gauge their feelings about the engagement. Their situation reminded him of a poem by Adelaide Proctor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_Anne_Procter).

The same day, Effie wrote of her regret at speaking so strongly about Harry should handle his family. She warned him that she was not angelic, in spite his opinion of her. And, she talked again about the illnesses in the boarding house.

“I had another of my fits because I didn’t get your letter….” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-18

“My anxiety to have every thing pleasant, made me make a fool of myself.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-18


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